This is Martin Bonner: Edited
For Ages 12 and Over
In this Sundance Award Winning film, two men each search in their quiet solitude to begin a new life amidst an unspoken need for encouragement and support. Martin Bonner has just moved to Reno from the East Coast, leaving behind his two adult children and a life he spent more than two decades building. Having recently declared bankruptcy, he’s working a new job as a volunteer helping prisoners transition to freedom. It’s Martin’s first job in two years. Travis Holloway, a recently released prisoner in the program, sent back into the world with nothing, also finds life difficult to adjust to. The lives and stories of Martin and Travis begin to converge as they find that they have much in common. Their unlikely friendship blossoms but is put to the test when Travis betrays Martin’s trust.
This is a powerful story about working through life’s problems and relationships. Paul Eenhoorn and Richmond Arquette are both terrific as Martin Bonner and Travis Holloway. They both are trying to establish solid footing following some very difficult life circumstances. Martin, who is originally from Australia, went through a divorce and has left his two grown children behind after moving from Maryland to Reno, Nevada, where he has taken a volunteer coordinator job, helping newly released prisoners adjust to a new life. We later learn he was unemployed for a long time and couldn’t help pay for his daughter’s wedding. Now that he has this new job, Travis Holloway is his current commission, and Martin and Travis learn they have a few things in common.
Travis has not seen his grown daughter, Diana, in a long time and he invites Martin along to lunch as Travis is about to meet her for the first time in years. The trouble is he hasn’t told Martin or his daughter. This leads to an awkward situation and almost totally backfires. However, everything works out in the end. Martin has a good relationship with his daughter but his son never returns his many voice messages. There is a bit of a breakthrough when his son sends him a work of art from the art gallery he runs. This is a story of hope and survival and dealing with life’s problems. It features a man named Steve and his wife who helps Travis out, telling him God gave them their calling. It really speaks of survival in today’s troubled economy and world.
We are happy to award our Dove Seal to this film and five Doves, our highest compliment. We are recommending it for ages twelve and above. It is a film that sparks hope for those dealing with difficulties.